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Tuesday, 08 July 2014

EU Farmers Federation and IBMA to Develop Plant Protection Solutions

The European Federation of Farmers and Agri-Cooperatives (Copa-Cogeca) has collaborated with the International Bio-control Manufactures' Association (IBMA) to develop reliable and effective plant/crop protection solutions for various crops, including rice, in the European Union (EU).
Copa-Cogeca has expressed concern that the EU agriculture sector lacks proper plant protection solutions to prevent detect and control pests and diseases, adding that farmers are resorting to alternative pest control methods without adequate information and knowledge. The latest Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU has banned many chemicals and pest control tools and has suggested certain bio-control solutions, which are not easily available to farmers, says Copa-Cogeca members. They noted that if this situation continues, the EU food sector may have to compromise over food safety and security as well as entire food chain, including its productivity and sustainability.
Both organizations have released a "Roadmap" for 2014-15 focussing on identifying the needs of farmers, research and development, and pest and disease management. They mainly aim to help farmers to provide with requisite pest control tools, which are capable of control any kind of pests and crop diseases.
Copa-Cogeca and IBMA, along with the European Commission (EC) and member states, will also work towards including current gaps and legislative proposals for low-risk chemical substances and products in the EU Council and Parliament provisions.